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Wanda Cardwell

Wanda Mae Hightower Cardwell, age 87, of Dodson, died Monday, August 31, 2020 in Wellington.

Graveside services took place at 2 p.m. Thursday, September 3 at Dodson Cemetery with Rev. Al Mixon, pastor of the Dodson Church of the Nazarene, officiating. Arrangements were by Adams Funeral Home of Wellington.

Born September 23, 1932 in Dodson to Cellard Elmer “Hank” and Jewel Ethel Bynum Hightower, Wanda graduated from Dodson High School in 1950. She received her BS degree from North Texas State University and earned her master’s degree from West Texas State University in Canyon.

Wanda married Melvin Roy Cardwell on January 30, 1959 in Amarillo. They were married 54 years. They had two children who survive her, a son Roy Dean Cardwell of Oilton, Okla. and daughter Renessa and husband Mark Klink of Dodson.

She is also survived by a twin sister, Wilma Fae Hightower Beanland and nine grandchildren, Jessica and husband Dillon Murphy, Daniel and wife Amanda Cardwell, Stefanie and husband Vince Casey, Justin Cardwell, Kadie Cardwell, Brian and wife Billie Cardwell, Gage Cardwell, Brodie and wife Madison Klink, Mikala Klink and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Melvin, her parents, two brothers, Bynum Hightower and Garland Hightower and a grandson, Cade Klink.

Wanda taught school in White Deer, Pampa and Wellington as well as Reydon, Okla. She taught first grade and special education, and she served as a school counselor in Texas and Oklahoma. She taught night classes in psychology and sociology for Clarendon College in Wellington.

She was a member of the Dodson Civic Club, Wellington Business and Professional Women’s Club and a life-long member of the Dodson Church of the Nazarene where she taught Sunday school and served as missionary president, on the church board and sang in the choir.

Wanda touched many lives through her teaching, her service to her church and her love and compassion for others. She always opened her home to her family and friends and anyone in need. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

A heartfelt thanks to her special caregiver of many years, Billie Watkins and the staff of Wellington Care Center.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Melvin and Wanda Cardwell Memorial Scholarship Fund at Pilgrim Bank of Wellington.

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